Be like driftwood

Be like driftwood

So when your original plan fails, what do you do next? Do you come up with plan B?

Maybe. 

Or maybe you recognise that it was your human planning and deadline setting and trying to make things happen that resulted in what you experienced in the first place.

Maybe your plan really was as David Whyte says, "...too small for you to live."

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To invite wonder: a practice

To invite wonder: a practice
Ten times a day something happens to me like this - some strengthening throb of amazement - some good sweet empathic ping and swell. This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness. — Mary Oliver

Learning to pay attention to the world around me saved my spirit from withering and dying.

A few years ago while I was still in Thailand, I discovered a mindful writing practice called 'Small Stones'—a short piece of writing that precisely captures a fully engaged moment. It's about keeping your eyes open for beauty, simple or extraordinary, then observing it and writing it exactly as you saw it and by doing so developing a deeper engagement with the world around you.

It was this practice that helped me to transition back to city, corporate life amidst the glass and concrete without suffocating after living my carefree gypsy scuba-diving lifestyle in a tropical paradise. It was this practice that helped me to discover the beauty in everyday suburban and city life. It was this practice that connected me to the world around me in a very simple yet deep and magical way.

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Introducing my first eBook...and it's FREE

Introducing my first eBook...and it's FREE

Getting lost and finding my way are two things I know intimately.

Around seven years ago, I experienced a spiritual crisis as the perfect and safe life I created unravelled around me. Eventually, I took a leap of faith, leaving the life I knew behind to follow my heart out into the world to answer a simple but difficult question: what do I want to do with my life that will bring me alive everyday using my unique gifts to make a difference in the world?

That leap of faith eventually led me to discover pilgrimage and the adventure of walking through foreign landscapes alone to a holy destination.

As I walked the Via Francigena, I got lost, a lot, and I cried a lot too. But I always found my way and I learned how to embrace being lost.

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The Return

The Return
“It is a strange thing to come home.  While yet on the journey, you cannot at all realise how strange it will be” – Selm Lagerlof (1858 – 1940)

It’s been a wild ride since I returned to Melbourne 7 months ago and my pilgrimage officially ended. Transitioning between vastly different lifestyles – one free-spirited, in nature, wandering, free – the other city-based, urban, corporate with contracted responsibilities – it’s not easy or instant.

Just like transplanting a plant from one pot to another can be traumatic for the plant, the change in cultures and way of life can be overwhelming for the highly sensitive person. The plant needs low light, regular watering and time for the roots to settle.  So do we sensitive ones.

My first instinct was to run for my life and get out of Melbourne. Then my second instinct was to go back to everything I knew that felt comfortable. Having packed up and left then returned four times now, I knew I just needed to follow my own ebb and flow; to breathe, watch, feel the sadness and the joy, inviting a new way of being as I allowed my roots to re-settle.

For the first few days I didn’t leave my sister’s house. When I eventually did, it was to spend time with close friends or in my sacred place in nature, to walk and reconnect with the earth beneath my feet.

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